Frederick William Gaisberg

Frederick William Gaisberg (1 January 1873 – 2 September 1951) was an American musician, recording engineer and one of the earliest classical music producers for the gramophone. He himself did not use the term 'producer', and was not an impresario like his protégé Walter Legge of EMI or an innovator like John Culshaw of Decca. Gaisberg concentrated on talent-scouting and persuading performers to make recordings for the newly invented Gramophone.

Gaisberg began working in the recording industry in America as a young man, becoming a pioneer of early recording, and also worked as piano accompanist for the Berliner Gram-O-Phone Company, the inventors of the practical lateral-groove disc and associated playback apparatus, the Berliner Gramophone. In 1898, he joined the Gramophone Company in England as its first recording engineer. In 1902, he recorded music sung by the tenor Enrico Caruso and the recordings became a sensation. By 1921, Gaisberg was artistic director of HMV's 'international artistes' department. After 1925, he concentrated on artist management. In 1939, he retired from his position but continued as a consultant in the industry through the 1940s.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1, 1873 (Washington, D.C.), Died September 2, 1951 (Hampstead)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1892 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: recordist, composer, piano

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 176-200 of 1229 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 913a 7-in. July 1900 Ernani involami Antonietta Grippa Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 938a 7-in. July 1900 O sommo Carlo Enrico Moreo Baritone vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 949a 7-in. July 1900 Serenata Nazzareno Franchi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 993c 12-in. approximately Feb. 1907 Sound an alarm Edward Lloyd Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 996ae 10-in. 7/5/1910 Otwórz Janku! Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1008c 12-in. 1907 Come into the garden, Maud Edward Lloyd Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1040c 12-in. Apr. 1907 Va pensiero sull'ali dorate Teatro alla Scala Coro Vocal chorus, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1092c 12-in. Apr. 1907 Sahi habber Mohamed El-Saba Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1154c 12-in. April 1940 Bikol marsoum Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1155c 12-in. April 1907 Aghibtou li saai el Dahr Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1170½c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Cessarô, i canti alfin Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1171c 12-in. May 1907 Mai devi domandarmi Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1172c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Mia madre vedo ancor Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1173c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Dammi ancor Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1174c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Cigno gentil Fernando De Lucia Tenor vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1178c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Miserere Clara Joanna ; Antonio Paoli Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1182c 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 Di quella pira Antonio Paoli ; Teatro alla Scala Coro Tenor vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1184c 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 O paradiso Antonio Paoli Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1185c 12-in. 1907 Addio alla madre Gennaro De Tura Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1186c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Ché finger tanto Francesco Cigada ; Antonio Paoli Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1187c 12-in. approximately May 1907 Troncar suoi dì Francesco Cigada ; Antonio Paoli ; Aristodemo Sillich Vocal trio (tenor, baritone, and bass), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1190c 12-in. 1907 Canzone boema Ines Salvador Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1198c 12-in. 1907 Pronta io son Ernesto Badini ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1204½c 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 Mia tu sei Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Antonio Paoli ; Ines Salvador Vocal quartet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1204½c 12-in. 1907 Mia tu sei Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Antonio Paoli ; Ines Salvador Vocal quartet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
(Results 176-200 of 1229 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed June 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

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